Clint Hurtt

With The U’s future cleared up, Clint Hurtt’s gets murkier


Rightly so, Miami and its fans are celebrating the end of one of the most bizarre NCAA “situations” anyone’s seen with the release of the Committee on Infractions report.

The report, which can be viewed in its 102-page entirety HERE and in press release form HERE, begins by stating that “[t]he University of Miami lacked institutional control when it did not monitor the activities of a major booster, the men’s basketball and football coaching staffs, student-athletes and prospects for a decade.”  It went on to confirm previous reports that the football program will lose nine scholarships over three years and serve three years probation, but will face no further bowl ban.

Additionally, one of the football program penalties reads, “Miami may only provide a prospect on unofficial visits complementary tickets for one home game during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.”  There are no further recruiting sanctions placed on the program beyond what the university had already self-imposed.

While the future for Miami and the Hurricanes football program has been cleared up, the same can’t be said for a former UM assistant now employed at a future ACC school.

Current Louisville defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator and former Miami assistant Clint Hurtt was hit with a two-year show-cause penalty for his role in the scandal.  It’s claimed that the booster at the center of the scandal, Nevin Shapiro, provided Hurtt with over $7,000 in “impermissible supplemental income.”  The NCAA in its report further claimed that Hurtt and another former Miami assistant, Aubrey Hill, “provided prospects with free lodging, meals and transportation.”

Hill, now a high school coach in Florida, was also given a two-year show-cause.

Most damning for both Hurtt and Hill, especially the former, is that the final report alleges the “former football coaches provided false or misleading information to Miami and the [NCAA] enforcement staff during the investigation.”  Hurtt’s current employer, Louisville, has long stood by the assistant, with the proviso that he had not lied to the NCAA about his involvement.

Hurtt was placed on administrative leave back in March so that he could prepare a response to the NCAA’s charge of unethical conduct; whether he’s placed on permanent leave will be determined by athletic director Tom Jurich, who may have his own date with the NCAA to discuss the viability of keeping Hurtt on Charlie Strong‘s staff.

“If these individuals [with show-cause penalties] are employed at an NCAA member school during these two years, they and their current or future employer must appear before the Committee on Infractions to determine if the coach should have his duties limited,” the release states.

As of now, Louisville is declining to discuss the future of Hurtt, who returned to the team in August and remains a part of the coaching staff.

Pair of Boilermakers arrested on weed, alcohol charges

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For the second time in less than a month, two members of the Purdue football program have found themselves on the wrong side of the law.

This time around it’s a pair of freshmen, linebacker Wyatt Cook and defensive end Chazmyn Turner, who are in a bit of a predicament, with the Indianapolis Star reporting that both players were arrested over the weekend. Cook was charged with minor consumption of alcohol while Turner was charged with possession of marijuana.

No details of what led to the arrests and charges were made public. The program is aware of the incident, but have not stated what if any punishment either could be facing.

Cook was a three-star member of this year’s recruiting class, Turner a two-star. Neither has played in a game this season.

In the middle of last month, two freshmen cornerbacks, Evyn Cooper and David Rose, were arrested and charged in connection to stolen bicycles. Those two were members of this year’s recruiting class as well.

Report: Texas likely to keep Hooking ‘Em with Nike, not Under Armour

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It is no secret that Under Armour is making a nice serious push in acquiring university apparel deals, but the Texas Longhorns is not one it will be likely to whisk away from The Swoosh. According to one report from the Austin American-Statesman, University of Texas officials broke off a meeting with Under Armour and are now expected to stay with Nike moving forward.

The University of Texas has been a partner with Nike since 2000. The contract between the two gives Nike an exclusive window in which it can match or improve on any offers made to the school from rival companies such as Under Armour or Adidas. It is unknown if Under Armour made a formal offer to Texas or how much such an offer could have been valued. What is pretty much commonly known is the Texas brand is still a nice asset in the athletics apparel business, even if the Longhorns are struggling on the football field. Having Texas wear your gear is still a quality investment, which makes Texas a highly sought-after commodity.

Per the American-Statesman report, Texas is expected to sign what would be the biggest deal currently going in collegiate athletics. Considering the handsome deal recently signed between Nike and Michigan, that would mean Texas would be looking forward to more than $169 million from Nike. Michigan signed a 15-year contract valued at $169 million, which will bring an end to its current relationship with Adidas in 2016. As part of the deal, Michigan will become the first football program to wear the Jordan brand logo on its football uniforms. Could Texas be the next? For now that is just something to ponder.

Nike recently lost partners at Arizona State and Miami. Last year Notre Dame began a new partnership with Under Armour, signing a $90 million contract.